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NO!!NO!!! You are totally imaginative!! What is a stocks container and what are those plants? OK OK I am a novice gardener and I do know a rose from a nasturium(sp?). Tell us your secrets. We promise not to tell anyone.
Tomtom, your containers are award winners! So lush and beautiful. What do you use for containers? Do you make them yourself? I have never seen anything on the market like them. What do you line them with? What kind of soil do you use? And how do you water the ones on the bottom?
Tomtom, after reading Zanymusae's comment about your web page, I went to look at it also. What wonderful photos and what a wonderful garden! Navigation was a bit hard as it's not in English, but watching your garden from one year to the next was pretty easy to do. I do wish I could have read your garden tips, LOL.
Tomtom, What does that post of yours July 12, 6:15 mean? those little boxes? Are you going to tell us, step by step, just how you did it? They are as incredable as you are!
I just realized, you are in Japan?
Thank you Eyesoftexas,
for writing me that you enjoyed my pics.
The combination of plants shown in the last photo is one of my favorites.
Thank you,Darius , for your encouraging comment .
NoH20CI 'm highly flattered.
I don't make these containers my self ; they're store-bought .
The cubic containers which are piled were said to be ,alas!,not produce now because of the lack of demands.
Though they serve you quite well if you come up with good ideas of using them.
This cubic container is 30cm x30cm x30cm ,made of vinyl.
It has several holes on the bottom as well as the sides.
I line it with thin sponge attached with it.
I use ordinary recycled soil,no special kind.
I put a holed vinyl bottle (like coke bottle) in the center of each cubic container and water slowly and steadly from the top .
edited to say your site is absolutely exquisite. Your pictures and composition is outstanding. That one picture on the trellis, with the 4 purple petunias flanking the yellow (?) over the white kale? Picture perfect.
Is this your garden? Are you a professional horticulturalist? This thread was a real treat to find.
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Ditto the rest - those containers are beautiful. I have an idea that you could start with those cube milk or pop crates remove some of the plastic to give the bigger holes and then cover the sides in wild colors of plastic sheeting with similar holes cut and voila we could make them. All the real canadian wholesale club charges as a deposit on those crates is $3 - I've used them for all sorts of things over the years and then taken them back when I'm through with them and got my $3 back.
Thank you so muchafor introducing my site to Liz.
I'm so glad you visited and liked my site. You're the first person who has ever asked me if I'm a professional horticulturalist.
Of course not! I'm justaone of those gardenning enthusiasts
with lots of curiosity. Yes, this is my garden such as it is .
Practically all flowers in it are grown by myself from the seeds and cuttings.
Hello Calalily A
Thank you for your compliments.I'm glad you like them.
I'm so glad you and I share more or less the same taste for color.
Thank you for letting me know your brilliant idea.
You and I apparently share the enthusiasm for recycling things. Recyclig not only saves money,but it does also give us such a pleasure of rethinking things from a somewhat differnt angle .
I hope your Violas would grow and flower beautifully in 'your 'cube containers.
Tomtom, I have to tell you that your containers are very striking. Love the mixture of plants that you use also. Great website even if it is in Japanese. Wish we had the cubic containers in Canada as I would love to try them but the milk crates that jagonjune mentioned has possibilities. Keep posting your containers as it gives us all some great ideas. Great pic's.
Woodspirit, I think Tomtom might mean Primula, not Primura.
Tomtom, I have to say your gardens and containers are unbelievable. They go beyond professional, I can't believe you do all of that by yourself. Makes me want to hang up my trowel and find a new hobby - no, wait, I've changed my mind. Instead of seeing you as competition, I think I will view you as INSPIRATION! Thank you so much for sharing the beauty you have created and I hope you will keep sharing it. Yours may be the most beautiful site I have ever seen - even if I can't read a word of it. I guess it is true - a picture is worth a thousand words.
There are a couple of pictures on your site of containers that are large open weave baskets (one bamboo I think and the other metal) that are lined with what looks like a fine mesh fabric. Can you tell me what it is and do you put soil directly against that liner or is there something else there as well. They have a wonderful lacey quality. The look is so elegant; how much time do you spend each day in your garden?
Hello Wintermooor, I'm so glad you like them. Thank you.
Hello, Woodsprit 1,
I'm sorry I misled you.
It should be read as 'Primula malacoides'as NoH2O kindly suggested.
Does any body know its common name?
NoH2O,thanks a million for correcting my spelling error.
I hope you'll be as helpful .
Your encouraging words are deeply appreciated.
I'm still struggling and I hope I 'll get stimulating ideas at this site.
You say ,"A picture is worth a thousand words."Couldn't agree with you more.
I love taking a pictures ,too.
Jagonjune,You took a look at a lot of my pages?
They were made for a friend ---I think they were a little too overplanted.
I usually use dark -colored plastic bags as liners, but I try to use this or that as the case may be.
Liz,so far as the stack consists of three containers,it's OK. If you want to stack up more,you might need to put a prop in the center.
These piles of cube containers,Darius,have the advantage
of displaying flowers in the huge mass without exposing the containers themselves,thus eye-catching.
Kell, those holes are cut by what is know here as a ghole-saw".It comprises several detachable saws of different sizes.You attach the right size one to the drill.
Shown below is what I have,though they are rusty now.
I also love carpentry and have made sheds ,trellises pergolas ,containers,etc.in my garden all by myself.
I want to thank you again for your beautiful site. I spent an hour on Monday showing my mom (87 years) all the images on your site. She was an amazing gardener herself for most of her life. Now she just tells me what to do since her energy level is quite low. She was so intrigued by everything she saw of your garden and said she could feel the love you have for the plants. Thankyou.
Nothing pleases me more than what your mother,the doyenne of gardening ,said ---she can feel the love I have for plants.Please tell your mother I greatly appreciate her words.
My late mother loved gardening,too.
There certainly are the gardening genes .
It's 2 containers or more with one being elevated?? Sure is lovely! This pic is actually 2 window boxes, one above the other. Makes a great abundant effect.
I just scrolled back & read the many, many respones & saw the many pics of your fabulous containers. They are simply gorgeous & wonderful to look at! I hope you do some work at a garden centre & get paid well because your containers are stunning & as professional & beautiful as any I've ever seen at garden centres that cost a ton to purchase! You'd be a real asset in that line of work!
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Thank you,SS,for your words.
Your container looks lush and bearutiful.
We seem to share a basic idea of container desplaying ,don't we?
A container may be beautiful,but if we can successfully make their combinations they'll turn out all the more beautiful,making a greater effect.
I'll try to find out more possibilities of container displaying.
Just beautiful Tomtom & my favorite color too. What are the plants in that container?? Do I see some white tulips, purple alium, mauve creeping phlox to name a few?? That combo of mauves & white is so restful & romantic!!
Hi Tomtom...My front garden, the one I show the world (hehe) is nothing but pink/rose, purples, mauves, white & a bit of yellow for it's color scheme from the perennials to plants in all the pots, so indeed we share a love of that look. It's a romantic, Victorian kind of look & very pretty & soft. Next year I'm going to switch my back garden to strictly those same colors, I like it so much. I already have the bones of that as most of the perennials are those colors anyway. Although I can appreciate many types of gardens & many flower colors & combos, I'm drawn to pink, mauves/purples & white in a garden more than anything I think. It's hard for me to walk past a purple flower/plant at the garden centre & not want to buy it!!
Yes Tom...I knew that had to be more than one container. I'd be disappointed in you if it wasn't!! lol You're way too creative to use just one! Happy gardenig
My wisteria is 23yrs old,cc.
A friend of mine gave me the young@plant 30cm in height.
I grew it like an ordinary tree without a trellis or pergola.
I prune the overgrown vines by summer lest they should get twined,and place organic fertilizer underground near the roots in winter.
There is nothing more I do for the tree.
Hello,Carena.I appreciate your encouraging words.
In case the pictures show that my plants are well loved as you kindly mentioned,It is a great pleasure to me.
Thank you so much.
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TomTom, just got on this thread. Loved your plantings. They are so colorful. I do think that Osaka is probably not as dry and hot as my area. I live in desert area of WA, for the past about 2 weeks the temp daytime has ranged from low or 88 to high of 104 F. Does cool off at night. We have had no rain since June 1. I am irrigating constantly around my garden and pots and it is very difficult to keep things as damp as they need. i am afraid the hanging-stacking pots even with the water bottle installed would be difficult here. yours are beautiful. Donna
Thank you for your comment. Apparently your area is drier than mine. In Osaka we had rain practically every day from June till the middle of July this year,and a large number of plants were damaged.
I only wish we could have gone fifty -fifty on the rain.
In summer our daytime temperature is usually over 90F and even at night the temp hardly comes down 80.
So I seldom produce cubic containers in summer.Almost all plants except tropical ones,find Osakan summer quite disagreeable ,it seems.
Another idea in container garden I have seen used here is P V C pipe. Cap the bottom (drill holes in it for drainage) and use a hole saw to cut holes in the side. Be sure and glue the cap to the bottom. Take a panty hose stuff it down with potting soil ( the panty hose was enough to hold the soil in place until the roots took hold if planting seeds). You can cap the top too if you like, but have to remove it to water, so dont glue the top. Drill holes in the top of the pipe to run a sturdy hanger and you have a hanging container.
The size depends on the size pipe you use and the length you cut it...I'm sure there is a way to figure out a base and you can have them standing too... any ideas on a base????... :o)
Welcome,WW! I'm another newcomer to DG and pleased to hear from you.
I've never had PVC pipes used, but pipe containers'll surely make a great display if they're done well.
Your idea remainds me of hanging-porch.
When you stand them the right length would be less than 50cm since the plants near the bottom are likely to grow less vigorously on accout of the weitht of the soil.
I'm intrigued with your idea of reusing pantyhoses to hold the soil.Someday I'll have a try.
Thank you for sharing the stimulating idea.
Tomtom, Glad you liked the idea. I'm going to make me some of these as well as try your idea. I think your flowers are just stunning and it has inspired me to do more container gardening and to look into new ideas. Keep up the good work and enjoy your lovely garden. ...thanks for posting such wonderful photos so we can enjoy your garden too... :o)
Tomtom, you never cease to amaze me. What a beautiful conversion.
I have started some of my containers for spring based on your ideas. It will be intresting to see how they turn out.
I am using simple storage crates (picked up for a couple of bucks at the dollar store) and will fill them with potting soil and stack them. Have not decided what goes in them yet, but have plenty of time.
I am taking photos as it goes along and will post them all when the time comes and they are in bloom...
Thanks for the insperation...your oxalis is just beautiful..and something I have alot of.
Tomtom.. I have been looking at your beautiful flowers. How do U keep them looking so nice? What fertilizer do U use & how often? What soil do U use in pots? Mine always just get leggy or die. How do U handle the insect problems? There are so many bugs here. How I'd love to have mine look 1/2 as good as yours. Do U ever go on vacation & what happens to them if U do? You must deadhead every day. I am in awe of your pots.
My daughter in Virginia can do it but somehow I fail. She uses the best soil there is but I can't afford that. I tried to plant some seeds this summer but they didn't do well at all The bugs enjoyed the nice tender leaves on most of them :(
We just put up a hoophouse (hothouse) & I hope to plant quite a few seeds late winter.
I'm so glad to hear you've been looking at my flowers .
It's highly encouraging, thank you.
I post only those that were done well and there are quite a few that do not satisfy me.
I have been trying to make my gardening as economical as possible. So I reuse the soil except when I sow seeds.
I reuse it by mixing such as leaf-soil,loam, vermiculite and so on.
Most plants love the sun and I take care of placing them in the sun.
I use organic fertilizer when I plant them, and later give them chemical one about once a month.
Liquid fertilizer not only costs more but it also requires more time and attention,so I usually use it only for making seedlings.
The bugs are my headaches, too.
I use store-bought insecticide sprayers for flies and mosquitoes. They are also useful for most of the garden foes.
To get rid of slugs I use special mix.
As this reveals ,my gardening is far from rigorous, I'm afraid. What amazes me most is that plants do flower beautifully in spite of all this .
Well Tomtom your hard work pays off. Can U give me some idea of the brands U use like in liquid vertilizer? What insecticide sprayers do do U use. By organic do U mean compost?
I don't understand what U mean by this, (cost I understand *grin*) "Liquid fertilizer not only costs more but it also requires more time and attention, so I usually use it only for making seedlings."
It rained a lot here this summer & I learned that too much water is a bad as too little. The lantana went wild & I'm gonna have to cut it back next year to keep it under control better.
Do U have any luck planting seeds in the summer? I'm sure weather & other things are different there.
Can U tell I admire your work? :^)
Segar-fl,the liquid fertilizer I use is gHyponex,"which you probably know, and its Japanese version.
The insecticide is what you can buy at supermarkets and drugstores.It is for indoor use, not for gardening .Quite a few people seem to think that the indoor one does not work well for gardening, but I've been using it for more than twenty years without any problem.It works quite well to kill bugs and worms hidden behind the leaves and elsewhere.
Just have a try,I insist.
>"Liquid fertilizer not only costs more but it also requires more time and attention, so I usually use it only for making seedlings."
Let me explain more. As you know, to keep flowering in containers you have to keep giving enough fertilizer.
I take care of so many containers that I 'll go bankrupt if I depend solely on liquid fertilizer, and I 'll
be unable to take time out to enjoy DG. So,to maintain the plants in containers I prefer solid chemical fertilizer, which is less expensive and is effective a lot longer.
It is very difficult to keep plants flowering in summer here,because of the muggy climate.
This summer Dolichos,Dwarf Thitonia and Agastache flowered strikingly .
Usually Petunnia,Zinnia linealis, African marigold, Celosia,etc.are enjoyable as annuals in my summer garden.
Shown below is the photo of:
liquid fertilizer(top left),bug-killer sprayer(top right),
organic feritlizer(bottom left)and two kinds of solid chemical fertilizer(bottom middle,and bottom right).
ps. The organic fertilizer I use is composed of oil cake, bone manure,etc. Its N:P:K ratio is 5:5:5. It works extremely well for the plants in their infancy.
TT.. I used the blue stuff U put in water. It was WalMart brand of miracle grow & bloom busters. I'd have to go look to see the strength though. I mixed it in a watering can & poured it on. I'd like to use a hose sprayer. My Zinnia always get mildew. I'm about ready to give up on them. I don't have the fancy plants U do. The summers here are pretty hot & some plants just don't do good.. for me at least.
My plants get leggie. Maybe I don't use enough fertilizer on them. How do U apply the organic & chemical fertilizers? I don't see how U get to the soil to spread it. I see the organic N:P:K ratio is 5:5:5.. what is the chemical? I like the idea of only having to fertilize once a month.
I love cannas but if they don't do better next year they are gone. This is my 1st year with them & the worms made a mess of them. I may not even give them another year that's how bad they were.
I'm sure gonna look back at this next spring. We just got a greenhouse put up so hoping to have lots of plants to play with. There is no way to cool it other than a window & door to open (maybe a fan too) so not sure how much luck I'll have planting seeds anywhere after it gets hot.
I'm off to look at your site & drool over your plants *Smile*
Well everybody has different things to cause them grief. You have to worry about cooling your GH and having too hot for your plants. We have to worry about heating and having them go thru untimely frosts. It's character building for sure; maybe that's why gardeners are such nice folk.
jagonjune.. We have some frost. Last year in mid Nov we had to go to Virginia with very little notice. We had a sudden & early frost & got everything. I brought back some plants that my daughter & a friend gave me since I lived in FL & put them in our shed under lites. They did fine till we had a real hard cold spell for a couple of days & most were lost as we had no heat in there. One cold spell & then it turned warm again. The spider plants is all that made it. We plan on having a little heat in for the greenhouse on real cold nites. This is a learning experience for us but at least we have help(this forum)
I'd like to have a hose sprayer,too.I can't find one here,though. Yes Zinnia in general get mildew so easily as you said,still Zinnia linearis (Mexcan zinnia)I grow are mildew-free and flower from July till November.
Take a look at a pic of them which was taken two three years ago.
I bury the organic fertilizer around the pot so I may not hurt the plants.I spread the chemical in such a way that it doesn't touch the plants.It easily dissolves in rain and watering.The chemical N:P:K ratio of the bottom-middle in my last pic is 10:10:10,and that of tha bottom -right is 8:8:8.
Nice for you to have a greenhouse.May your plants thrive there.
Jagonjune,You're right to say everbody has different things to cause their grief. The best way to grow plants well is,
certainly, to grow those which best suit your climate, but even if you're well aware of it,you couldn't very often resist the temptation of trying those which do not.